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Ways to Save on Summer Holidays

You don’t have to toss aside your travel plans in favor of frugality this summer holidays. Whether you’re looking forward to a romantic retreat with your sweetheart or a much-needed family vacation, finding the best deals on travel is key. And we know every penny counts, too, so we’ve compiled five ways to help you book last-minute summer travel on the cheap.

1. Book via online travel comparison sites

Don’t forget. With the economy making a steady rebound, there are more deals out there than ever before — but you have to know where to look. There are lots of travel websites out there to help you do some comparison shopping, too. compiles all the current travel specials and other sites are best choice, so you can find whichever prices suit your budget when it comes to airfare, cruises, car rentals, vacation packages or hotels.

2. Purchase entertainment in advance

You’ll want to have a plan when you arrive at your destination, especially if you’ve got kids in tow. Can’t decide where to go? BudgetTravel is a great resource for trip ideas and adventure travel. Their site offers advice on trip planning, restaurant recommendations, city guides and other helpful info for traveling families. And make sure you secure a Go Card or Explorer Pass, for everybody online before you head out on vacation. Both get you into dozens of attractions in popular cities across the country for as much as 50% less than the usual cost of admission. Many attractions and tours discounts also let you skip those long lines – another huge perk.

3. Look for last-minute deals

Just because you want to get out of Dodge sooner than later doesn’t meant you have to take what you can get. And while it’s generally a good idea to book your trip early in general, you can still find a ton of good travel deals out there that are geared toward procrastinators like yourself. For example, even if you book as late as three weeks before your departure, you’ll notice that some sites like Book My Trip actually reward you for showing up late to the party with pretty good discounts on flights, hotels and rental cars.

4. Opt for a vacation package

When you book your flight and hotel together, (or hotel and car) you can save substantially on your trip compared to booking separately. You could actually save a few hundred dollars just by bundling the two together. Vacation packages are the best way to save on travel no matter where you decide to go. They allow you to stretch your travel dollar much further, and are also way more convenient than booking and keeping track of separate itineraries.

Off to see the queen? Air New Zealand has L.A.-London nonstops on sale

Off to see the queen? Air New Zealand has L.A.-London nonstops on sale

Spend enough time on “the official website of the British Monarchy” and you’ll suddenly have a hankering to immerse yourself in all things royal. My favorites are the adorable pictures of Queen Elizabeth II at age 2, looking very Shirley Temple. Each year the queen opens parts of her Buckingham Palace home to visitors for just eight weeks in late summer and fall – the latter a perfect time to take advantage of lower fares and post-peak crowds.

Deal: Air New Zealand is offering a $778 round-trip airfare (plus taxes and fees) on nonstop flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and London (LHR). This fare requires passengers to travel on Mondays through Wednesdays; add an extra $30 each way for travel on other days of the week.

When: You buy your tickets by May 12 for travel between Sept. 10 and Oct. 20.


Off to see the queen? Air New Zealand has L.A.-London nonstops on sale

Tested: I tried to find this fare online with September dates and was pleasantly surprised to find a slightly lower-priced ticket. (Air New Zealands website states that “some days with lower airfares are offered” but “there are not enough seats to advertise.”)

On a test booking for a Sept. 13-20 round trip, I found a $749 fare, or $911 with taxes and fees. In scanning other September and October dates, I found good availability for the $778 round-trip fare and limited choices at the $749 rate. As a comparison, fares on the same flights two weeks earlier – leaving Aug. 30 and returning Sept. 6 – cost $1,123, plus tax.

Contact: Air New Zealand, (800) 262-1234

Royal tour: You can tour the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from July 27 to Oct. 1. Adult admission is $26. For $46, you can tour the State Rooms plus the Royal Mews and the Queen’s Gallery.  Contact: The Royal Collection, 011-44-20-7766-7300

– Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photo: (top): Take a spin to London from Los Angeles in late summer and fall with low fares from Air New Zealand.  Credit: Chris Erskine / Los Angeles Times

Photo (bottom): The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are open between July 27 and Oct. 1.
Credit: Jessica Erskine

By LA Times

Cant afford those summer flights? No wonder

Cant afford those summer flights? No wonder

t’s not your imagination: Flying is getting more expensive, and not just because airlines keep piling on fees for checked bags, popular seats and even carry-ons. Fares for summer travel are up, way up, according to Bing Travel, a website that, among other services, forecasts flight and hotel prices based on data trends.

In fact, says Joel Grus, the Bing “fareologist” who analyzes the data, “Fares are pretty close to where we were in 2008 before the stock market problems.”

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